Operation Christmas Child #OCCGiving

Here in America we are so very blessed. This becomes clear to me around the holidays more than any other time. It might be easy to become jaded in a sea of pre-Halloween Christmas trees and blaring ad consumerism.
I, however, still love the holidays-especially Christmas! I love the time with family, the food, the traditions, and yes-the presents!
I want the kids to learn that Christmas is so much more than ads and fun, however. I want them to grow up thinking of it as a time to reach a hand to help and give as much as it is to stretch a hand out to receive.
A wonderful way to do this is by participating in Operation Christmas Child. This is an absolutely amazing organization and we’ve taken part in it over the past several years. This year I had a blast putting together shoe boxes for children in need all over the world with my Moms Inc. Group!

My table chose to pack a box for a little girl age 5-9. We all chose one category of suggested gifts and then brought them in to pack all together! We chose to bring in the toys!
Amber and I had so much fun picking up little treasure we were sure a girl a little older than her would love. She was so proud about it that she even informed the cashier and everyone in front of us and behind us in line that “These are presents for a little girl who lives far, far away across a sea. Because she doesn’t have any presents so I want to give them to her.” They were all super impressed, and I went on to talk a little bit about Operation Christmas Child to them.

Apparently everyone else had as much fun collecting things as we did because we all brought waaay too much to fit into one box!
That was just fine though-we decided to build 2 boxes instead!

Doing it as a group helped us really cut down the costs-but you don’t have to spend a fortune even if you do it by yourself! For more great shoe box ideas be sure to check out OCC on Pinterest and don’t forget to check and see where your nearest drop of locations are!
I hope that you will join in and send a little box of joy out this Christmastime!

This holiday season build a box with your family to teach kindness, compassion, and generosity.

Operation Christmas Child and influencer marketing platform BlogFrog have teamed up with 200 bloggers like me to spread the word about this great cause.

BlogFrog will match the first 200 boxes that are built. Pledge your commitment below to build a box today on Facebook or Twitter!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Operation Christmas Child. The opinions and text are all mine.

Nicole Elliott